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Catalysing change in Uzbekistan’s agri-food sector


The future development of agriculture and food industries are critical to the economic development and growth of Uzbekistan and the future prosperity of its citizens. To help to develop these vital industries, a new international Strategic Centre for Agri-Food Development (ISCAD) was launched with the financial support from the European Union under the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Ms Charlotte Adriaen, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Mr Maqsud Ruzmetov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mr Adrian Neal, Team leader of EU ASK Facility, Mr. Alisher Shukurov, ISCAD Director, as well as representatives from state and international organizations and projects in the sector participated in the official launch of ISCAD.

During her speech at the ISCAD launch ceremony, Ms Charlotte Adriaen, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, also acknowledged the significance of ISCAD. The Ambassador applauded the initiative of the government and highlighted the potential to build new capacities in policy strategy and analysis, and to learn from international experience. She also highlighted the needs and potential for the development of rural areas of Uzbekistan and the great and largely untapped potential of rural women to be actively involved in the transition of the agriculture and food sector of the country.

Alisher Shukurov highlighted how ISCAD's mission will focus on developing ways to measure what is really happening in the agriculture and food sector and how government policies, programmes and services can be gradually adapted to better serve the sector’s needs and priorities.

The director of ISCAD also emphasised that ‘today’s growing challenges mean that the government has to get much better (and faster) at understanding the risks which the sector is now facing on a daily basis and to identify how we can help to both predict those risks and to find practical and effective ways to both reduce and overcome these risks. We also see so many opportunities emerging in the global food system for Uzbekistan and we believe that ISCAD can play an important role in preparing our farmers and agri-businesses to take advantage of these new and emerging opportunities’.

Here is the video summary of the ISCAD launch event with the keynote speeches